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Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park

The newly-created Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park in northwestern Madagascar is the best place to see the blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), as well as the recently-described Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis). Other species to be found in the southern part of the park include the northern giant mouse lemur (Mirza zaza) and an as-yet-unidentified form of dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus), while in the northern mainland part visitors may see black lemur (Eulemur macaco) and possibly Mittermeier’s sportive lemur (Lepilemur mittermeieri). Also reported within the park’s boundaries are northern bamboo lemur (Hapalemur occidentalis) and aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), but, as always, the latter is quite difficult to find. The Ankarafa Forest in Sahamalaza can be reached by a one-hour boat trip from Analalava, a beautiful seaside resort with basic accommodation (e.g., Hotel Malibu, Hotel Narindra). From Analalava, one proceeds to the small village of Marovato, and from there it is a two-hour hike inland. Analalava is served regularly by ferry and bush taxi from Antsohihy, and boats can be arranged locally. However, use of an Antananarivo or Antsiranana-based tour operator and guide is essential. The Sahamalaza Peninsula can also be reached by pirogue from Maromandia. A local guide association was in the process of being formed in 2008.